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The National Automobile Dealers Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals to revoke a waiver granted in 2009 by the Environmental Protection Agency that permits California, along with 13 other states, to adopt stricter emissions policies than those required by the federal government. The waiver affects greenhouse gas emissions in vehicles manufactured between 2009 through 2016.

President Obama announced in January that he was asking the EPA to reconsider a December 2007 decision by the Bush Administration's to deny California an emissions rules waiver (for background, read this). Today, the EPA is holding a (the first?) public hearing on the subject in Arlington, Virginia (for specifics, click past the jump). Earlier this year, we heard that the EPA would accept comments from the public for at least 45 to 60 days, but the comment period ends on April 6.

Montana could soon become the latest state to adopt California emissions rules if a recently-introduced bill becomes law. California still hasn't received the go-ahead from the EPA to even regulate carbon dioxide emissions but Montana Senate Bill 180 would make CO2 a regulated pollutant. If the EPA reverses a late-2007 ruling, automakers will have to achieve a fleet average of 44 mpg by the end of the next decade in order to meet the California standards. Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer suppor

According to The Aspen Institute, members of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists, along with the California Air Resources Board, have met to hash out their differences with representatives from Ford, General Motors, Honda and Toyota. The topic is the proposed carbon emissions standards . We don't know much about how the talks are proceeding because all parties have decided to keep the discussions confidential. They have only released the f

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